La Dispute takes on the Royale

Article + photos by Carolyn Ambriano


Venue: The Royale

City: Boston, MA

Date: April 19th, 2019

La Dispute rolled into Boston, MA with Gouge Away and Slow Mass on a cool Friday evening. Playing at the Royale, a pretty swanky venue, it was nice to see this place again. I've been there once before when I was on tour with The Wonder Years and Jetty Bones last year. 

Slow Mass, a post-rock band from Chicago, was up first (unfortunately I only caught the last song), but they sounded great and wish I could have seen their whole set. 

Next up was Gouge Away, a punk rock band from Florida, who absolutely crushed it! Playing most of their tracks off of their new record, Burnt Sugar, they also sprinkled in the song “Calloused” off their earlier album , Dies


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Finally, La Dispute, a post-hardcore band from Michigan, went on. The stage was set with three salt lamps and a lot of fog along with a projection screen displaying abstract patterns. They opened with a few tracks from their new record, Panorama, and also played a few off of each album in their discography. 

The gig ended before 10 which I was a gigantic fan of, and (thanks to earplugs) no ringing ears afterwards! 

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